This exchange program is situated within the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University. There are four curriculum areas in this faculty: Japanese Studies, Comparative Culture, Social Studies, and International Business and Economics. The program aims to give students a broad, international perspective.
UNC's program with Sophia University operates during the spring semester, which begins in late March and runs through late July.
Academic areas include art history, literature, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, history, international business and economics, international relations and political science. There are a large number of Japan-related content courses included in these offerings. Every student will meet with a faculty adviser at Sophia for assistance in selecting courses.
Students wishing to take Japanese language courses take a Japanese placement test at the beginning of the semester, and are placed in one of several tracks in the Japanese language program based on their proficiency. We strongly encourage the study of Japanese language while on the program.
Please note that generally a 4-credit course at Sophia is the equivalent of a 3 credit-hour course at UNC.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
There is no on-campus dormitory, so all students commute to Sophia from their housing. Since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is very high. As reasonable housing is located a bit of a distance from campus, exchange students should expect a 45-90 min. commuting time to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed and relatively inexpensive.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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